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6 tips for a family halloween party

Halloween can be a night of dark, scary things  (especially if you have teenagers in the house.)

Even if you do, there are ways to make October 31 a family affair. The night actually lends itself to kids parties, as parents are chaperones for their little trick-or-treaters.

So make it festive this year a family halloween party, complete with party decorations such as balloons in orange and black, or paper streamers.

These Halloween party ideas can help make the festivities of October 31 a family friendly affair.

1. plan a family halloween pre trick-or-treating party.

Invite the grandparents and your child's friends and family. Optimal number is between 5 and 10 kids and associated families.

2. do it up.

Give each kid a plastic pumpkin for trick-or-treating.

3. serve healthy fast food, like pizza and salad.

Cut cookies into fun pumpkin or cat shapes for a dessert treat; make deviled eggs especially 

4. create your own costume parade.

Take a photo of each child in costume. Place it in their pumpkin. Give prizes (or ribbons) for each costume.

5. go trick-or-treating as a group.

Send the young kids out first before dark. Then they can help mom (or the grandparents) answer the door and hand out candy while the older kids are out on the prowl. Get trick-or-treating safety tips here.

6. meet back at the house to count noses and compare takes.

Dessert for the grown-ups. Candy (natch) for the kids.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Story for the supplies you need for a safe, fun, and festive Halloween party!

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.